Human Rights Watch says that since the Taliban stated that the group has not established a “consensus” and that the Taliban’s “cohesiveness” is a priority to the group before reopening schools, it has become blatantly obvious that the Taliban will not be reopening girls’ schools “anytime soon.”
Heather Barr, Associate Director of the Women’s Right Division at Human Rights, stated in a tweet on Thursday, August 18, that the international community must stop waiting and act on this “reality”.
In her note on Twitter, Human Rights Watch official, Barr, wrote that the international community must take immediate action to provide girls with alternatives to their education as well as put travel restrictions and other sanctions against Taliban officials.
All schools were expected to reopen from the beginning of the solar year, as pledged by the Taliban. However, the Taliban’s Ministry of Education decided to keep girls’ secondary and high schools closed indefinitely until further notice.
Almost 368 days have passed since Afghan girls are denied a right to education.
The UN Security Council recently renewed the travel exemption for 13 Taliban officials; nevertheless, due to restrictions on girls’ schools, this exemption was not extended for two officials of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Barr’s reaction comes at a time when Taliban’s Zabihullah Mujahid, the senior spokesperson for the Taliban told BBC that “we (the Taliban) haven’t reached a consensus; there are dissenting voices among scholars. If we rush it, it will create divisions; cohesiveness is a priority.”